Dr. Derald Davis began his employment with Kansas City Public Schools as a teacher and library media specialist, and later served 12 years as vice-principal and principal. As a principal, he distinguished himself as a master of “turnaround” strategies and is highly regarded for his leadership in creating school cultures that accelerate academic achievement. He went on to serve as Executive Coach, Senior Director, and Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership. Now, as Assistant Superintendent of Innovation & Special Projects, his duties include developing a school-based mentoring system, coordinating all programs geared toward young men of color, managing summer school partnerships, and oversight of district athletics.
Throughout his 21-year tenure with Kansas City Public Schools, Dr. Davis has been committed to the success of children and has made systemic and significant positive change. He has implemented long-term, evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes for students. Dr. Davis is the recipient of the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award, awarded by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation; and the Ida B. Wells Risk Taker Award, awarded by the National Alliance of Black School Educators.
Dr. Davis is an active member of the Kansas City community and has assumed volunteer leadership roles in a variety of organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors at the American Jazz Museum, the Board of Directors at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, and an Advisory Board at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He is a silver life member of the NAACP, and serves on the NAACP Education Committee.
Dr. Davis, a native of Kansas City, MO, received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Lincoln University; a Master of Science in School Administration from the University of Central Missouri; an Education Specialist in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City; and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University. He is married and has three daughters.